Different Types of Black Birds

American Crow

Recognized by its all-black plumage and distinct "caw-caw" sound, the American Crow is a highly intelligent bird found across North America.

European Starling

Introduced to North America in the 1890s, these birds are known for their shiny feathers and diverse vocalizations.

Common Raven

Larger than crows, ravens are majestic birds with a wedge-shaped tail and a deep, resonant croaking call.

Brown-headed Cowbird

Known for laying their eggs in other birds' nests, these cowbirds have a sleek black body and a brown head.

Red-winged Blackbird

Found in marshes and fields, their distinct red and yellow shoulder patches set them apart.


Unique in appearance, Bobolinks have a white back and black underparts, the opposite of most birds.

Black-billed Magpie

With striking black and white plumage and a long tail, they're one of the most recognizable birds in the West.

Common Grackle

These birds have a long, dark bill, pale yellowish eyes, and a long tail.

Black Swift

Known for their fast and direct flight, Black Swifts are often seen flying high in the sky.

Black Phoebe

With a preference for perching near water, these birds have a distinctive "fee-bee" call.


This silky-flycatcher is known for its sleek black appearance and distinctive crest.

Groove-billed Ani

Found in southern Texas, these birds have a unique bill with horizontal grooves.

American Redstart

These warblers flit around capturing insects and are known for their vibrant coloration.

American Coot

Often mistaken for ducks, coots have a distinct white bill and are excellent swimmers.